9/20/13

Six Grains You Must Try

When I think of grains, rice, wheat, & oatmeal come to mind. However, there are a lot of other grains out there. Every time I see these grains on the grocery store shelf, I get curious to try them, but hesitate because they are so unfamiliar. This time I decided to go for it & try six of them.


The Six Grains



Basic Utensils

I cooked the following Bob’s Red Mill grains: Sorghum, Amaranth, Teff, Kamut, Spelt, & Farro. The cooking process for the six grains is similar.  All you will need is the grain, water, measuring cups, a mixing spoon or spatula & bowls.

Here are the directions for each one:
Amaranth NuVal 48– bring 1 ½ c of water to boil, add ½ c of amaranth, cover, reduce heat & simmer for 20 minutes. Makes 2 servings (1 c) HIGHEST in protein!

TRY! Coconut Rhubarb Amaranth Porridge

Teff NuVal 91– Bring 1 c of water to boil, add ½ c of teff, cover, reduce heat & simmer, stirring occasionally for 15- 20 minutes. Makes 2 servings (¾ c)

TRY! Pear, Apple & Chocolate Crumble

Sorghum No NuVal at this time – Bring 1 ½ c of water to boil, cover, add ½ c of sorghum reduce heat & simmer for about 50 – 60 minutes. Makes 2 servings (1 ¼ c) HIGHEST in fiber!

Sorghum

TRY! Gluten Free White Chocolate Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies

Spelt NuVal 91– Soak overnight. Bring 1 ½ c of water to boil, add ½ c of spelt, cover, reduce heath & simmer until grains are chewy, about 40-60 minutes. Makes 2 servings (1 c)

Some grains need to be soaked overnight!

TRY! Cheese Crackers

Kamut NuVal 91–Soak overnight. Bring 1 ½ c of water to a boil, add ½ c of kamut, cover, reduce heat & simmer for 30 -40 minutes. Makes 2 servings (1 ½ c)

TRY! Chipotle, Carrot, Avocado & Kamut Salad

Farro No NuVal at this time– Soak overnight. Bring ¾ c of water to boil, add ½ c of faro, reduce heat to medium-low,  & simmer for 10 minutes. Makes 2 servings (1 c)

TRY! Crunchy Kale & Coconut Bowl w/Farro


The end result!


Yum!!

Grains are part of a heart healthy diet & an important sources of dietary fiber, B vitamins & minerals. Use any one of these grains on your favorite dish, experiment with seasonings & spices or find exciting recipes for a fun meal!

Ask a dietitian for more information about the health benefits of grains!

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